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Plating Clinic: EN Plate-Out on Equipment
Q. We run a low-phosphorous electroless nickel bath and recently pulled quite a few pounds of nickel pellets from our tank after draining. How do we prevent this kind of plate-out?
Analytical Testing Hours Per Week
Shops that spend a considerable amount of time analyzing the parts they have coated perform better in most matrix in the Products Finishing Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, conducted earlier in 2016.
NASF Taking Nominations for Industry Awards
At Sur/Fin 2017 in Atlanta, the NASF will again recognize strong leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and resources to the surface finishing industry with a series of awards.
Lou Hirbour, former Technic VP, passes
Hirbour had been with Technic for 50 years, beginning as a salesman in the Northeast U.S. in 1961. In later years, he developed Technic’s West Coast regional sales operations and was instrumental in opening the Asian markets for Technic products.
Scrap/Rework Rate as a Pct of Shop Sales
We surveyed plating shops on their scrap and rework rates, and asked them to determine what it was as a percentage of overall sales. The Top Shops came in at a much higher rate of 4.0 percent, which may mean they scrutinize their finished parts more carefully.

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